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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2020, 05:28 AM  
Does anyone shoot video with their Pentax?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 28
Views: 998
I've dabbled in video for a while. First with my k30, then K3. Then I moved on to a Canon 6d. I've also played around with a Go Pro Hero 7. However, now I find I get get the best results with a Panasonic camcorder. I use it for my home videos as well as making teaching videos for work. In contrast to the current thinking I find the quality I get from a camcorder (as an amateur) better than from a DSLR.

For editing I really like Open Shot, its open source and really easy to use.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-15-2020, 09:49 PM  
Poll: Why did you go full frame?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 151
Views: 6,170
I needed better subject isolation for portraits, and I was glad I did - there is a significant difference.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-12-2020, 07:44 AM  
Autofocus on K3
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 7
Views: 598
I can comment on the K3 but not the KP. I have had the k3 for 3 years and have had ongoing AF problems. It is fast but most certainly NOT accurate. (This is through the viewfinder, accuracy in Live View is fine). I have tried adjusting the lenses and cleaning the Af module but still the problem persists. This may be a one off problem although I have seen similar comments on this forum. I have an old Canon 6D which I use for portraits. While the AF is much slower it is considerably more accurate and reliable. If AF accuracy is important you might wan't to avoid the K3
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-02-2020, 10:13 PM  
Looking for advice on post processing software
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 20
Views: 1,272
I was recently in the same boat as you looking for a Lightroom alternative. I tried Raw Therapy, Dark Table and DXOs editor. In the end I found I got the best results with Raw Therapy. And for me it was the most comfortable after coming from Lightroom. So another shout out for Raw Therapy :)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-12-2019, 07:31 PM  
GIMP vs Darktable or something else?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 26
Views: 2,374
Cost. I really don't like the subscription system.

---------- Post added 12-12-19 at 07:39 PM ----------

There are a lot of useful ideas here that I hadn't considered. I wasn't aware that Gimp and Darktable could be linked - this sounds like a great solution. Also someone mentioned NikCollection could be added to Gimp? I haven't checked it out yet but that would seal the deal if it can be done. I have downloaded Raw Therapy to give that a try too. Cheers!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-10-2019, 08:12 PM  
GIMP vs Darktable or something else?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 26
Views: 2,374
Thanks, that's good to know. Darktable is probably going to be more suitable for my needs. I am starting to look at some of the tutorials...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-10-2019, 07:52 PM  
GIMP vs Darktable or something else?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 26
Views: 2,374
I am quitting Adobe Lightroom at the end of the year and looking for some free editing software. From what I have read the above two free editors can do pretty much what Lightroom can do. However, having downloaded them they both look to have quite steep learning curves. Is there one that is preferable? Or is there one I have missed?

I work mainly in black and white. I particularly need to be able to control the color filters in the black and white conversion.

Controlling highlights and shadows is also important for me.

Any thoughts or ideas are most welcome.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-27-2019, 02:36 AM  
Street photography advice
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 43
Views: 4,319
I do street portraits in Japan. I have found the best places to go to are tourist places. People are a lot more friendly and relaxed than they would be on their way to work or similar. I just hang around and when I see someone who catches my eye I just say "Hi, you look great. I am going to take your photo" and that's it. I have never had any problems. I am currently doing the 100 stranger challenge on Flickr where I write about my experiences. People are FAR more open to having their photo taken then you think!

You can see my photos here: Andrew Allan Jpn | Flickr
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-24-2019, 07:15 PM  
How does he achieve this wonderful matte film like effect?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 25
Views: 1,595
Can't believe that smoke is reaching you down in NZ!!

Some nice photos from everyone. Its interesting how cutting the blacks give a more film like look - Its kind of counter intuitive.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-24-2019, 07:11 PM  
Stitching a panorama on the cheap?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 25
Views: 1,156
Absolutely Microsoft ICE. Easy to use, great results and free!! I use it all the time and highly recommend it.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-23-2019, 05:49 PM  
How does he achieve this wonderful matte film like effect?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 25
Views: 1,595
Thanks so much for the feedback and ideas, that's really useful! I am going to give it a try over the weekend (whats left of it).
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-22-2019, 10:00 PM  
How does he achieve this wonderful matte film like effect?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 25
Views: 1,595
I follow this amazing photographer on Flickr. I was wondering if anyone out there knows how he achieves that lovely matte film like effect in his photos? Particularly the portraits. I will post some links below. I am not sure what camera he uses but I am assuming it is digital and he gets the effect post process. Thanks.

The Old Teahouse in Pengzhen Town, Chengdu | TOONMAN_blchin | Flickr

Sadhu Baba, The Holy Men, Pashupatinath Temple | TOONMAN_blchin | Flickr

https://www.flickr.com/photos/toonmanimage/35999170865/in/dateposted/

The Old Teahouse in Pengzhen Town, Chengdu | TOONMAN_blchin | Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-22-2019, 03:50 AM  
is owning a Samyang/Rokinon 14mm with tamron 17-50 worth it?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 24
Views: 920
For wide-angle, I use the Samyang 14mm and the Sigma 10-20mm. I much prefer the Sigma for landscapes. It offers more versatility with the zoom and the AF - and the 10mm is super wide. Also, the Samyang suffers VERY badly from lens flare and isn't great under f4. So why not also consider the Sigma 10-20, its a really useful lens.
Forum: General Photography 03-05-2019, 05:30 AM  
Online photo posting advice. Flickr? Instagram? Other?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 39
Views: 2,050
Just another vote for Flickr. I have used it for a long time and found it safe and reliable. However, for friends and local networking I use Facebook. I have stopped using Instagram. It may be my age but I just didn't get along with it - the layout and the 'atmosphere' is all rather naff. It about getting followers at any cost. Many people/ business will follow you just in the hope of you following them back. I like the Flickr community, they are far more honest, welcoming and like minded. However, If you looking to build a local network, Facebook may be more appropriate.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-26-2019, 07:57 PM  
Josh Estey series with GRII
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 4
Views: 1,822
I have to say I don't like this article. Maybe Josh's original work wasn't exploitative, but using these heartbreaking pictures along with a description of the photographic equipment is.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-26-2019, 07:50 PM  
Does anyone have K3 focus issues?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 12
Views: 971
Thanks for the feedback and sorry for the delay in getting back. I have been through and micro-adjusted all my lenses. This appears to have solved the issue for now. I haven't used them all in the field yet but with the ones I have, the focus is more reliable. Here are the adjustments:

DA21 f3.2 +9
DA35 f2.4 +6
DA40 XS +5
DA50 f1.8 +4
DAL 55-300 +3

Sigma 17-50 None

Sigma 10-20 None


Interestingly the adjustments get less as the focal length gets shorter - not sure why would that be.

Thanks again
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-15-2019, 11:01 PM  
Does anyone have K3 focus issues?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 12
Views: 971
Thanks. I will post some pics later. I have dodgy eyes and have adjusted the viewfinder. reading around it seems as though it might just be that all the lenses need microadjustment. I will try that again too.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-15-2019, 09:19 PM  
Does anyone have K3 focus issues?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 12
Views: 971
Thanks. Unfortunately, I don't have any attachment space left on here. I have tested the camera many times with many lenses. Focus accuracy through live view is good, but very often missing focus when using the view finder. This is with the same settings. I am going to try cleaning the mirror again to see if that solves it. No I haven't tried the af sensor. How do I clean that?
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-15-2019, 08:46 PM  
Considering a K-70 and 18-50 (HD preferred)
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 12
Views: 1,406
Which route are you hiking in May? For most areas here the rainy season doesn't start until june - unless you are right down in southern Kyushu or Okinawa. So in which case you might not have to worry too much about humidity at that time.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-15-2019, 08:18 PM  
Does anyone have K3 focus issues?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 12
Views: 971
Hi all. The Auto Focus on my K3 seems very unreliable. There are no problems with live view where it is accurate. However, when I use the viewfinder I am getting a lot of back focus. This is with ALL my lenses. I have tried cleaning the contacts and the mirror but this has not rectified he issue. I have tried fine tuning the lenses but the focus issue seems to be random. It does hit focus occasionally but more than often does not. I don't remember my K30 being so bad. Is this a K3 thing? Is it worth upgrading to the KP to solve the issue? Do other DSLR brands suffer from the same issues when using the view finder to focus? Thanks.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-12-2019, 03:10 AM  
Looking for a camera with fast/reliable auto focus.
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 15
Views: 1,036
Thanks. I have been looking at the fujis.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-09-2019, 01:07 AM  
Looking for a camera with fast/reliable auto focus.
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 15
Views: 1,036
Thanks for the advice and feedback.Actually, I have changed lenses and am starting to get better results. I was using the FA50 1.4 at f3.5 and 1/500. I think part of the problem lies with this lens, it seems to be back focusing and front focusing randomly. (It was a recent acquisition and will shortly be going) I have tried my other primes and have had the best luck with the DA50 1.8. What I am doing is asking people to pose for me for street portraits. I was hoping to get a shallow depth of field. However, although its more static than traditional street photography, there is still bit movement - so you are right in suggesting a smaller aperture.

Apologies. Maybe I was just having a bad day and the K3 isn't as bad as I thought.... but KP is definitely on the horizon ;)

Thanks again!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-08-2019, 06:24 AM  
Looking for a camera with fast/reliable auto focus.
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 15
Views: 1,036
Thanks, yes. The KP seems to have the most reliable AF and this is a possibility. However, I have become quite frustrated with my K3 autofocus so I am looking at other brands too. I don't need bells and whistles just something that focuses accurately. I am also considering mirrorless. I have a Ricoh GR which is wonderfully sharp and accurate. I want the same results but at around 50-85mm fov.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-08-2019, 05:54 AM  
Looking for a camera with fast/reliable auto focus.
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 15
Views: 1,036
I have been using my Pentax K3 for a few years now. Its fine for most things but recently I have been getting into street and street portraits. Unfortunately the AF is just too unreliable in these situations. Even with primes, although they do focus quickly very few shots are actually really in focus. Looking for a camera with reliable AF for around 500 dollars secondhand, including lens if possible. Any ideas?? Thanks.
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-15-2019, 05:51 AM  
K-3 BULB MODE issues on Firmware V1.11 V1.20 V1.40
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 8
Views: 1,636
I haven't experienced this problem. The bulb mode on my K3 works as it should in mode 2. I have software v1.30.
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